Michigan theaters excited to reopen in October, but still face challenges
DETROIT – When Michigan was forced to shut down in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, it meant theaters and theater jobs went on a hiatus. Nationwide, an estimated 90 percent of those venues that were forced to close during the pandemic will likely not reopen. For the Royal Oak’s Stagecrafters Community Theater, the decision was to not only close but suspend their season on an opening night. Gretchen Whitmer allowing theaters and venues to reopen stating Oct. 9 may be the revival theaters and those who work inside them have been waiting for. That means for most small theaters, it’s not enough to keep the house lights on.
Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center listed for sale
DETROIT – As Michigan businesses slowly start to reopen, Detroit’s historic Majestic Theatre has been placed on the market. The Majestic Theatre and Magic Stick are both part of the National Independent Venue Association. In May, the organization estimated 90% of independent venues nationwide could close down permanently due to COVID-19. RELATED: Independent music venues look to Lansing for assistance amid pandemicIn 2018, the Majestic Theatre underwent a $1 million renovation to restore its façade and improve the stage and concert area. The Majestic Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.